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A GUIDE

TO

FORMING AND CONDUCTING

LYCEUMS, DEBATING SOCIETIES, &c.

WITH

OUTLINES OF DISCUSSIONS AND ESSAYS,

AND AN APPENDIX,

CONTAINING

AN EPITOME OF RHETORIC, LOGIC, &c.

By CHARLES MORLEY,

u Guide to

Author of "Geographical Key," "Common School Grammar,

Composition," " Analytic Arithmetic," &e.

NEW YORK:
PUBLISHED BY A. E, WRIGHT.

1841.

HARVARD
COLLEDE
LIEPARE

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1841, by

A. E. WRIGHT, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the

Southern District of New York,

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PRE FACE.

TO YOUNG MEN.

DEAR FRIENDS_We live in an age of invention, enterprise, and improvement; the watch-word is Onward; let it be yours, and inscribed on the tablet of your hearts. Onward, not in the path of mad ambition; spurn the laurels steeped in tears and the crown dyed in blood; but onward to a nobler crown, encircled with gems that will brighten through all time and during the ceaseless roll of eternity.

Such a boon is within your reach: It can be obtained by the right improvement of your minds; and one of the best means for accomplishing so desirable an object is, the formation of Lyceums and Debating Societies, which might be formed in every town and village in the Union, and the object of this manual is to guide you in forming and conducting such societies, several of which are now in successful operation in various parts of our country.

Franklin and Sherman rose from obscurity to a lofty eminence; with proper efforts you may become their equal in usefulness.

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